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Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920
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Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920 (Hardback)

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Phrenology was the most popular mental science of the Victorian age. From American senators to Indian social reformers, this new mental science found supporters stretching around the globe. Materials of the Mind tells the story of how phrenology changed the world--and how the world changed phrenology.



This is a story of skulls from the Arctic, plaster casts from Haiti, books from Bengal, and letters from the Pacific. Drawing on far-flung museum and archival collections, and addressing sources in six different languages, Materials of the Mind is the first substantial account of science in the nineteenth century as part of global history. It shows how the circulation of material culture underpinned the emergence of a new materialist philosophy of the mind, while also demonstrating how a global approach to history could help us reassess issues such as race, technology, and politics today.

Mind, Body & SpiritFortune-telling & divinationPalmistry, phrenology & physiognomyScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of science Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Publication Date: 15/05/2019 ISBN-13: 9780226626758  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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James Poskett is assistant professor in the history of science and technology at the University of Warwick.

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